1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Studies

Edited By Chris Shei, Weixiao Wei Copyright 2021
    682 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook approaches Chinese Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective while attempting to establish a fundamental set of core values and tenets for the subject, in relation to the further development of Chinese Studies as an academic discipline. It aims to consolidate the current findings in Chinese Studies, extract the essence from each affiliated discipline, formulate a concrete set of ideas to represent the ‘Chineseness’ of the subject, establish a clear identity for the discipline and provide clear guidelines for further research and practice.

    Topics included in this Handbook cover a wide spectrum of traditional and newly added concerns in Chinese Studies, ranging from the Chinese political system and domestic governance to international relations, Chinese culture, literature and history, Chinese sociology (gender, middle class, nationalism, home ownership, dating) and Chinese opposition and activism. The Handbook also looks at widening the scope of Chinese Studies (Chinese psychology, postcolonialism and China, Chinese science and climate change), and some illustrations of innovative Chinese Studies research methods.

    The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Studies is an essential reference for researchers and scholars in Chinese Studies, as well as students in the discipline.

    Table of Contents

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    List of Contributors


    1. Introduction (Weixiao Wei)

    Part 1. China’s global interests and foreign policy

    1. Great chaos under heaven: Strategies and challenges for consolidating China's global

    hegemony in the 21st Century (Mariano Ignacio Treacy)

    2. Normative economic statecraft: China’s quest to shape the world in its image (Mikael


    3. China’s United Front Work Department: Roles and Influence Domestically and Abroad (Gerry Groot )

    4. The discursive construction of the Belt and Road Initiative as a global public good (Eduardo Tzili-Apango )

    5. The Chinese Model of Development: Substances and Applications in and Beyond China (Yu-Wen Chen & Obert Hodzi )

    6. China’s Central Asia Policy: Beijing’s doctrines of active defense, belt & road and peaceful

    coexistence (Liselotte Odgaard )

    7. The Role of Context in Chinese HUMINT (Human Source Collection) Intelligence (Jim Schnell )

    Part 2. China’s political system and governance

    8. Dynamic dictators: elite cohesion and authoritarian resilience in China (Elina SINKKONEN)

    9. Conceptualizing "Meritocracy" as "Ruling Legitimacy" in the Course of China’s History,

    Transformation and Global Rise (Li Xing)

    10. Managing Public Opinion in Crisis: Weibo and the Wenzhou High Speed Rail Crash of 2011 (Patrick Gorman)

    11. A review of the research and practice of eGovernment in China (Jesper Schlæger)

    12. Cultural Heritage Politics in China (Christina Maags)

    13. Population Ageing and Social Policies in China: Challenges and Opportunities (Huoyun Zhu Alan Walker)

    14. A place-specific approach to environmental governance in China: the Protean Environmental State (Nick Hacking & Andrew Flynn )

    Part 3. Chinese culture and history

    15. Martial Legacies: Strategic Culture, Ethnic Conflict and the Military in Modern Chinese

    History (Eric Setzekorn )

    16. History of International Law and China: Eurocentrism, Multi-Normativity and the Politics of History (Maria Adele Carrai)

    17. Marx in China (William McBride)

    18. Chinese Correlative Cosmology: A Chinese View of the World? (William Matthews)

    19. Philosophical Hermeneutics and Chinese Metaphors (Joshua Mason)

    20. Poetry and Emotion in Classical Chinese Literature (Chen Xia)

    21. The advocacy of cultural change through translation: the rhetoric of Chinese sutra

    translators (Weixiao Wei & Hui Shi)

    22. Shaolin: the Cradle of Chan (Zhouxiang Lu)

    Part 4. Chinese people and society

    23. Embracing the Middle Class: Wealth, power and social status (David S G Goodman)

    24. Labor Migration and Rural Development in China (Elise Pizzi )

    25. Chinese Nationalism in Comparative Perspective (Luyang Zhou )

    26. Populism in China (He Li)

    27. Social Transformations of Chinese Society in the Focus of Modern Sociological Science

    (Deriugin Pavel , Lebedintseva Liubov & Veselova Liudmila)

    28. The Differential Cosmopolitan Chineseness in Australia’s Chinese Ethnic Media (Fan Yang)

    29. The cultural meanings of home ownership for China-born migrants in Australia (Christina Y. P. Ting , Iris Levin & Wendy Stone)

    30. Dating and Mate Selection in Contemporary China: Examining the Role of Gender and Family (Sampson Lee Blair)

    31. Reconstruction of Gender: A Study of Online Gaming Communities in Shanghai, China (Andy Xiao Ping Yue & Eric P. H. Li)

    Part 5. Oppression and opposition

    32. Nonviolent Revolution in China: Past and Prospects (John J. Chin)

    33. Studying the Chinese political opposition in exile (Jie Chen)

    34. The Chinese Communist Party’s Control of Online Public Opinion: Towards Networked

    Authoritarianism (Wen-Hsuan Tsai)

    35. In the Name of Stability: Literary Censorship and Self-censorship in Contemporary China

    (Kamila Hladíková)

    36. The typology of on- and off-line collective action in China (Ting Xue & Jacquelien van Stekelenburg )

    37. Personality and Contentious Participation in China (Ching-Hsing Wang)

    Part 6. Chinese studies: scope and methodology

    1. Chinese Studies in Brazil: History and current perspectives (André Bueno )
    2. On "lagging behind" and "catching-up" – Postcolonialism and China (Marius Meinhof )
    3. Science in China: Key Problems, Topics, and Methodologies (Florin-Stefan Morar)
    4. Transnational knowledge transfer: The adaptation of German psychiatric concepts during the academic evolution of modern psychiatry in China (Wenjing Li )
    5. The effects of climate change in China: transformation of lives through cultural heritage (Elena Perez-Alvaro )
    6. Reading between the lines: How frame analysis reveals changes in policy priorities (Sabine Mokry )

    44. Chinese News Discourse Analysis: A Case Study of the Discursive Strategies in the Editorials of Global Times (Bo Wang & Yuanyi Ma)



    Chris Shei was educated in Taiwan and studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh, UK. He has worked at Swansea University, UK, since 2003. He teaches and researches in linguistics and translation and also edits books and online publications across the broad spectrum of Chinese studies, including Chinese politics and governance, Chinese sociology, Chinese history and cultural studies and so on. He is the General Editor for three Routledge book series: Routledge Studies in Chinese Discourse Analysis, Routledge Studies in Chinese Translation, and Routledge Studies in Chinese Language Teaching (with Der-lin Chao).

    Weixiao Wei has been working with Taiyuan University of Technology as a lecturer at the College of Foreign Languages and Literatures since she obtained her MA degree in 2010. In July 2017, she obtained a visiting scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to visit Swansea University, UK, for a year. Since then, she has published a monograph and three book chapters with Routledge. In addition to preparing research papers, monographs, and edited volumes for further publication, she started pursuing her PhD study in rhetoric and composition at the University of Houston in August 2020.